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Collected Poems of Alexander Pope : The Reader's Library, Volume 12

By Pope, Alexander

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Title: Collected Poems of Alexander Pope : The Reader's Library, Volume 12  
Author: Pope, Alexander
Volume: The Reader's Library, Volume 12
Language: English
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Alexander Pope (1688-1744) is widely considered to be the best poet of the Augustan age, and perhaps English verse’s best satirist ever. Pope was mostly self-taught having been denied a formal protestant education because of his family’s Roman Catholic beliefs; he also suffered from the effects of Pott’s disease his entire life, which left him deformed and of small stature never growing past the height of four feet six inches. Despite these challenges, Pope flourished in English society and was likely its first professional literary writer having garnered significant income from the sales of books to the public as opposed to traditional patronages, capitalizing mostly on his excellent translations of Homer and an edited edition of Shakespeare. A close friend of Jonathan Swift in their famous Scriblerus Club, he was quite famous in his time, and while his reputation declined in the 19th century, he is now considered the most canonical poet of his era and the true master of the heroic couplet (followed closely by his predecessor, John Dryden) and English poetic satire. This edition of his poems collects all of his major work, and most of his minor and early poetry as well.

Alexander Pope (1688-1744) is widely considered to be the best poet of the Augustan age, and perhaps English verse’s best satirist ever. This edition collects all of his major work, and most of his minor and early poetry as well.

from "Essay on Criticism" “Tis hard to say if greater want of skill Appear in writing or in judging ill; But of the two less dangerous is th’ offence To tire our patience than mislead our sense: Some few in that, but numbers err in this; Ten censure wrong for one who writes amiss; A fool might once himself alone expose; Now one in verse makes many more in prose.     ’Tis with our judgments as our watches, none Go just alike, yet each believes his own. In Poets as true Genius is but rare, True Taste as seldom is the Critic’s share; Both must alike from Heav’n derive their light, These born to judge, as well as those to write. Let such teach others who themselves excel, And censure freely who have written well; Authors are partial to their wit, ’tis true, But are not Critics to their judgment too? “    Yet if we look more closely, we shall find Most have the seeds of judgment in their mind: Nature affords at least a glimm’ring light; The lines, tho’ touch’d but faintly, are drawn right: But as the slightest sketch, if justly traced, Is by ill col’ring but the more disgraced, So by false learning is good sense defaced: Some are bewilder’d in the maze of schools, And some made coxcombs Nature meant but fools: In search of wit these lose their common sense, And then turn Critics in their own defence: Each burns alike, who can or cannot write, Or with a rival’s or an eunuch’s spite. All fools have still an itching to deride, And fain would be upon the laughing side. If Mævius scribble in Apollo’s spite, There are who judge still worse than he can write.”

Table of Contents
Introduction Ode on Solitude A Paraphrase (On Thomas à Kempis) To the Author of a Poem Entitled Successio The First Book of Statius’s Thebais Imitation of Chaucer Imitation of Spenser: The Alley Imitation of Waller: On a Lady Singing to Her Lute Imitation of Waller: On a Fan of the Author’s Design Imitation of Abraham Cowley: The Garden Imitation of Abraham Cowley: Weeping Imitation of Earl of Rochester: On Silence Imitation of Earl of Dorset: Artemisia Imitation of Earl of Dorset: Phryne Imitation of Dr. Swift: The Happy Life of a Country Parson Pastorals I. Spring; or, Damon II. Summer; or, Alexis III. Autumn; or, Hylas and Ægon IV. Winter; or, Daphne Windsor Forest Paraphrases from Chaucer January and May; or, The Merchant’s Tale The Wife of Bath The Temple of Fame Translations from Ovid Sappho to Phaon The Fable of Dryope Vertumnus and Pomona An Essay on Criticism Part I Part II Part III Ode for Music on St. Cecilia’s Day Argus The Balance of Europe The Translator On Mrs. Tofts, a Famous Opera-Singer Epistle to Mrs. Blount, with the Works of Voiture Adriani Morientis Ad Animam Epistle to Mr. Jervas Impromptu to Lady Winchilsea Elegy to the Memory of an Unfortunate Lady Messiah The Rape of the Lock Canto I Canto II Canto III Canto IV Canto V Prologue to Mr. Addison’s Cato Epilogue to Mr. Rowe’s Jane Shore To a Lady, with the Temple of Fame Upon the Duke of Marlborough’s House at Woodstock Lines to Lord Bathurst Macer Epistle to Mrs. Teresa Blount Lines Occasioned by Some Verses of His Grace the Duke of Buckingham A Farewell to London Imitation of Martial Imitation of Tibullus The Basset-Table Epigram on the Toasts of the Kit-Cat Club The Challenge The Looking-Glass Prologue Designed for Mr. D’Urfey’s Last Play Prologue to the Three Hours after Marriage Prayer of Brutus To Lady Mary Wortley Montagu Extemporaneous Lines Eloisa to Abelard An Inscription upon a Punch-Bowl A Dialogue Verses to Mr. C. To Mr. Gay On Drawings of the Statues of Apollo, Venus, and Hercules Epistle to Robert, Earl of Oxford and Mortimer Sylvia, A Fragment Two Choruses to the Tragedy of Brutus I. Chorus of Athenians II. Chorus of Youths and Virgins To Mrs. M. B. on Her Birthday Answer to the Following Question of Mrs. Howe On a Certain Lady at Court To Mr. John Moore The Curll Miscellanies I. Umbra II. Bishop Hough III. Sandys’ Ghost IV. Epitaph V. The Three Gentle Shepherds VI. On the Countess of Burlington Cutting Paper VII. Epigram: An Empty House Poems Suggested by Gulliver I. Ode to Quinbus Flestrin II. The Lamentation of Glumdalclitch for the Loss of Grildrig III. To Mr. Lemuel Gulliver IV. Mary Gulliver to Captain Lemuel Gulliver On Certain Ladies Celia Prologue (To a Play for Mr. Dennis’s Benefit) Song, by a Person of Quality Verses Left by Mr. Pope On His Grotto at Twickenham On Receiving from the Right Hon. the Lady Frances Shirley a Standish and Two Pens On Beaufort House Gate at Chiswick To Mr. Thomas Southern Epigram (“My Lord complains...”) Epigram (“Yes! ’tis the time...”) 1740: A Poem Lines Sung by Durastanti, When She Took Leave of the English Stage To Erinna Lines Written in Windsor Forest Verbatim from Boileau Lines on Swift’s Ancestors On Seeing the Ladies at Crux Easton Walk in the Woods by the Grotto Inscription on a Grotto, the Work of Nine Ladies To the Right Hon. the Earl of Oxford Prayer of St. Francis Xavier On a Picture of Queen Caroline Epigram Engraved on the Collar of a Dog Which I Gave to His Royal Highness Frederick, Prince of Wales Lines Written in Evelyn’s Book on Coins Epigram (“Did Milton’s prose...”) Epigram (“Should Dennis print...”) Mr. J. M. Smythe Epigram on Mr. Moore’s Going to Law with Mr. Giliver Epigram (“A gold watch found...”) Epitaph on James Moore-Smythe A Question by Anonymous Epigram (“Great George...”) Epigram (“Behold! ambitious...”) Epitaph on Charles, Earl of Dorset Epitaph on Sir William Trumbull Epitaph on the Hon. Simon Harcourt Epitaph on James Craggs, Esq. Epitaph on Mr. Rowe Epitaph on Mrs. Corbet Epitaph on the Monument of the Hon. R. Digby and of His Sister Mary Epitaph on Sir Godfrey Kneller Epitaph on General Henry Withers Epitaph on Mr. Elijah Fenton Epitaph on Mr. Gay Epitaph Intended for Sir Isaac Newton Epitaph on Dr. Francis Atterbury Epitaph on Edmund, Duke of Buckingham Epitaph for One Who Would Not Be Buried in Westminster Abbey Epitaph of Another on the Same Epitaph on Two Lovers Struck Dead by Lightning Epitaph on John Gay An Essay on Man Epistle I Epistle II Epistle III Epistle IV Moral Essays Epistle I Epistle II Epistle III Epistle IV Epistle V Universal Prayer Epistle to Dr. Arbuthnot Satires, Epistles, and Odes of Horace Imitated The First Satire of the Second Book of Horace The Second Satire of the Second Book of Horace The First Epistle of the First Book of Horace The Sixth Epistle of the First Book of Horace The First Epistle of the Second Book of Horace The Second Epistle of the Second Book of Horace Satires of Dr. John Donne, Dean of St. Paul’s, Versified Epilogue to the Satires The Sixth Satire of the Second Book of Horace The Seventh Epistle of the First Book of Horace The First Ode of the Fourth Book of Horace The Ninth Ode of the Fourth Book of Horace The Dunciad Book I Book II Book III Book IV The Iliad: Preface The Iliad: Book I The Contention of Achilles and Agamemnon The Iliad: Book II The Trial of the Army and Catalogue of the Forces The Iliad: Book III The Duel of Menelaus and Paris The Iliad: Book IV The Breach of the Truce, and the First Battle The Iliad: Book V The Acts of Diomed The Iliad: Book VI The Episodes of Glaucus and Diomed, and of Hector and Andromache The Iliad: Book VII The Single Combat of Hector and Ajax The Iliad: Book VIII The Second Battle, and the Distress of the Greeks The Iliad: Book IX The Embassy to Achilles The Iliad: Book X The Night Adventure of Diomede and Ulysses The Iliad: Book XI The Third Battle, and the Acts of Agamemnon The Iliad: Book XII The Battle at the Grecian Wall The Iliad: Book XIII The Fourth Battle Continued, in Which Neptune Assists the Greeks. The Acts of Idomeneus The Iliad: Book XIV Juno Deceives Jupiter by the Girdle of Venus The Iliad: Book XV The Fifth Battle, at the Ships; and the Acts of Ajax The Iliad: Book XVI The Sixth Battle: The Acts and Death of Patroclus The Iliad: Book XVII The Seventh Battle, for the Body of Patroclus.—The Acts of Menelaus The Iliad: Book XVIII The Grief of Achilles, and New Armour Made Him by Vulcan The Iliad: Book XIX The Reconciliation of Achilles and Agamemnon The Iliad: Book XX The Battle of the Gods, and the Acts of Achilles The Iliad: Book XXI The Battle in the River Scamander The Iliad: Book XXII The Death of Hector The Iliad: Book XXIII Funeral Games in Honour of Patroclus The Iliad: Book XXIV The Redemption of the Body of Hector The Iliad: Concluding Notes The Odyssey: Book I Minerva’s Descent to Ithaca The Odyssey: Book II The Council of Ithaca The Odyssey: Book III The Interview of Telemachus and Nestor The Odyssey: Book IV The Conference with Menelaus The Odyssey: Book V The Departure of Ulysses from Calypso The Odyssey: Book VI The Odyssey: Book VII The Court of Alcinous The Odyssey: Book VIII The Odyssey: Book IX The Adventures of the Cicons, Lotophagi and Cyclops The Odyssey: Book X Adventures with Æolus, the Laestrygons, and Circe The Odyssey: Book XI The Descent into Hell The Odyssey: Book XII The Sirene, Scylla, and Charybdis The Odyssey: Book XIII The Arrival of Ulysses in Ithaca The Odyssey: Book XIV The Conversation with Eumæus The Odyssey: Book XV The Return of Telemachus The Odyssey: Book XVI The Discovery of Ulysses to Telemachus The Odyssey: Book XVII The Odyssey: Book XVIII The Fight of Ulysses and Irus The Odyssey: Book XIX The Discovery of Ulysses to Euryclea The Odyssey: Book XX The Odyssey: Book XXI The Bending of Ulysses’ Bow The Odyssey: Book XXII The Death of the Suitors The Odyssey: Book XXIII The Odyssey: Book XXIV The Odyssey: Postscript by Alexander Pope About the Editor Also from William Ralph Press


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